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  • Driver strikes Capitol Police cruiser, taken into custody
    <![CDATA[Police say a driver struck a U.S. Capitol Police cruiser near the U.S. Capitol and was taken into custody. The incident occurred Wednesday morning near the Botanic Gardens. A District of Columbia police spokeswoman, Margarita Mikhaylova, says it's possible that an officer fired shots. D.C. fire department spokesman Doug Buchanan says ambulances... Read more »
  • Another dip for Inland Empire gas price
    <![CDATA[The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in the Inland Empire dropped three-tenths of a cent today to $2.974, one day after dropping two-tenths of a cent. The average price in Riverside and San Bernardino counties has dropped nine times in 12 days, decreasing 2.7... Read more »
  • Former Chihuahua governor allegedly flees to El Paso to evade corruption accusations
    <![CDATA[ The former governor of the state of Chihuahua has fled to Texas to evade accusations of corruption, his successor said Tuesday. Chihuahua Gov. Javier Corral said during a news conference that ex-Gov. Cesar Duarte has gone to El Paso and is considered "a fugitive from justice." Corral... Read more »
  • David Blaine to bring his magic show to El Paso
    <![CDATA[ Magician, illusionist and stunt artist David Blaine will come to El Paso on his first-ever North American tour. Blaine is scheduled to perform at the Plaza Theatre in El Paso on Friday, July 21, at 8 p.m. The 40-city tour kicks off in May and it... Read more »
  • Ex-Sunriver firefighter sentenced for hacking chief's email
    <![CDATA[A former Sunriver Fire Department firefighter-paramedic who was president of their labor association was sentenced Tuesday to nearly 200 hours of community service, to be completed within three years, after he pleaded guilty to hacking the fire chief's computer email to see documents related to labor relations.Jason Arnold and former... Read more »
  • $140k donation keeps Palm Springs Jewish Temple open
    <![CDATA[Temple Isaiah faced two offers to sell its Palm Springs property because of funding issues. The congregation wasn't happy to discuss that possibility."It was a very real option. There were two options on the table. Both real offers and both were being considered very seriously," Seth Schulner said.Dozens of congregation... Read more »
  • Crash in NE Madras closes road for hours
    <![CDATA[A single-vehicle crash in northeast Madras Tuesday night brought out numerous police and medics and closed a road for a lengthy investigation, authorities said.An initial Facebook post by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said the crash was reported on Northeast Loucks Road near Lakeside Drive.The sheriff's office and Oregon State... Read more »
  • Efforts to raise money to provide helmets for local children on anniversary of teen's death
    <![CDATA[The 4ShayJ Foundation has events on the 1st and 4th of April that will provide helmets to underprivileged children in the Valley.On the night of March 31st, 2015, 19-year old Shadow Hills High School senior Shaun Clark Jr., nicknamed ShayJ by his friends and family, was skateboarding with his friends... Read more »
  • Report: Many California children test positive for lead poisoning
    <![CDATA[Dozens of communities in California have children who tested high for lead poisoning including Santa Barbara and Santa Maria. This is according to an investigative report done by Reuters.In the Fresno area, more than 13 percent of blood tests on children under 6 years old came back high for lead.Children... Read more »
  • Santa Maria high school students celebrate English-language proficiency
    <![CDATA[Hundreds of migrant high school students celebrated their English-language proficiency at the annual Santa Maria Joint Union High School District Multilingual and Migrant Education Programs dinner and awards ceremony Tuesday night."I just want to do great, I want to become a doctor, help my parents, and when they tell them... Read more »
  • UCSB takes down Pepperdine 10-3
    <![CDATA[Austin Bush doubled three times and drove in five, Ben Brecht thrived in his second career start on the mound, and Tevin Mitchell did his best Adrian Beltre impression at third base to help lead UC Santa Barbara to a 10-3 midweek win over Pepperdine, giving the team a three-game... Read more »
  • Jury finds man guilty on 60 felony counts connected to human trafficking
    <![CDATA[A Hemet man who posed as a woman on Facebook and solicited women and teenage girls to engage in sex acts for money, including two Shadow Hills High School students who went to authorities, is facing a potential life prison term, prosecutors said after Monday's guilty verdict was read.Eliberto Cruz... Read more »
  • Arizona man pleads guilty to fatally shooting woman on I-10 near Desert Center
    <![CDATA[A 19-year-old Arizona man charged in the shooting death of a woman who was found inside a car alongside Interstate 10 near Desert Center pleaded guilty today to involuntary manslaughter.Kyler Jeffrey Arnold of Chandler, Arizona, was arrested in July in connection with the death of Delores Baez Meraz, 59, of... Read more »
  • Fossils stolen from Death Valley National Park
    <![CDATA[Investigators are looking for information on who took fossil footprints from Death Valley National Park.The fossils were reported missing by a group of scientist who visit the area regularly. The scientist photographed and recorded the exact location of each footprint and reported it to park rangers.The fossils reported missing are... Read more »
  • President Donald Trump proposing budget cuts to cover the down payment for a border wall
    <![CDATA[Tuesday evening White House documents were submitted to Congress.The Trump administration is proposing $18 billion in budget cuts for a down payment on the southern border wall.The proposal would eliminate $1.2 billion in the National Health Institutes research grants.The goals National Health Institute are:-To foster discoveries that will protect and... Read more »
  • Socorro ISD investing $500,000 in security cameras for all campuses
    <![CDATA[This week a Maryland student's mass shooting plot at her high school was stopped after her father tipped off police.It is part of a disturbing trend.An ABC news investigation found in the last 17 years there have been at least 79 thwarted school massacre plots.Just a few years ago Socorro... Read more »
  • State pays ex-inmate $175,000 to settle abuse claim
    <![CDATA[PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The state of Oregon has agreed to pay $175,000 to a former inmate who claimed she was sexually abused by a prison doctor during a 2013 gynecological exam.The Oregonian/OregonLive reports (https://goo.gl/zz5Z7h ) the lawsuit, filed in 2015 in U.S. District Court, was... Read more »
  • Maria Sharapova speaks about doping suspension ahead of ANA Inspiration
    <![CDATA[It has been 14 months since Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova was suspended after testing positive for the banned substance meldonium. On Tuesday, she spoke out about the issue for the first time at the LPGA's ANA Inspiration for Women in Sports Conference in Rancho Mirage."You don't realize you love... Read more »
  • Popular Smith Rock hiking trail under water
    <![CDATA[Winter may be over, but it's going out with a bang. The extreme weather is now affecting springtime activities. Parts of a popular trail at Smith Rock State Park are completely underwater.Seasonal flooding happens in most years around March, but many people on the trails Tuesday said they've never seen... Read more »
  • Therapy dogs help Santa Maria students boost reading skills
    <![CDATA[Learning to read is one of the most important lessons kids are taught early in school.It's a skill that can be difficult for any child, but for about two dozen second grade students at Adam Elementary School in Santa Maria, it can be particularly challenging."We have in our classroom the... Read more »
  • Survey shows 75% of local transgender community have considered suicide
    <![CDATA[On Tuesday, Riverside County health officials will release a report on the region's transgender population, with the goal of sparking discussions on how to improve the community's health and welfare. Current studies estimate the transgender population of the Inland Empire at nearly 27,000 people.Ninety individuals who identified themselves as transgender... Read more »
  • Southwest University welcomes innaugural class of nursing students
    <![CDATA[A group of around 40 students filed into classrooms at Southwest University for their new nursing program. Jesus Casas, 44, was among the students. He said he's a grandfather and an emergency medical technician. "It's nice to kind of refocus myself and go for the career goals that I've wanted... Read more »